It’s finally time for Johnny Manziel to take over as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Browns fans are clearly excited for the Johnny Football era in Cleveland, at least according to prices on the secondary market. After Manziel was announced as the starter just after noon eastern, the price of Browns tickets skyrocketed on the secondary market.
According to TiqIQ, the current average price for Browns vs Bengals tickets is now $181.57, 47% above the average before the announcement yesterday. The average price started at $123.78, 1.8% below Cleveland’s season average on the secondary market. Within an hour, the price had already risen 15% from the initial price. Within two hours, the average for the game was up 37%.
Within an hour, the price had already risen 15% from the initial price. Within two hours, the average for the game was up 37%.
With the loss, the Browns most likely fell out of the playoff race. Cleveland will enter Week 15 with a 7-6 record as all three other teams in the AFC North have at least eight wins. Even with a win against the division leading Bengals on Sunday, the Browns would still have to leap the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers for the division title. The Steelers and San Diego Chargers are currently the two Wild Card teams in the AFC with eight wins each. There is also a logjam of 7-6 teams, which include the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs that the Browns would be fighting with for one of the final playoff spots.
Manziel has only appeared in three games this season and has attempted nine passes. With not much hope remaining to extend this year beyond the regular season, this is the first step for the future of the Browns. After trading back up in the first round to grab the quarterback during the draft in May, the team will finally be turning the offense over to the rookie. It may have taken a little longer than many Browns fans would have liked, but the secondary market trend is proof the fans are ready for the new era.